Ford’s Partner Profile – War Shore Oyster Company

Oyster on the half shellStrong partnerships with our vendors and suppliers, like War Shore Oyster Company, are the key to our success.

Ford’s Fish Shack works with numerous vendors and suppliers including local fishermen and farmers. Without these partners we wouldn’t be able to provide fresh-off-the-hook food and service.

Each month, we spotlight one of our partners as a way to show our gratitude and help to share their mission. This month’s partner profile features War Shore Oyster Company.

About War Shore Oyster Company

Founders and childhood friends Dave Svec and Brad Blymier started War Shore as a hobby oyster farm on the Chesapeake Bay in 2010. In the few short years since then, it’s become a rapidly growing, multi-million dollar shellfish sourcing and distribution company.

What Makes War Shore Oyster Company Special

Brad believes the success of War Shore is due to some key practices their team implements. To begin, War Shore is committed to ethical growing practices and sources oysters and shellfish only from trusted, vetted farmers and suppliers. The War Shore team settles for nothing less than the highest quality products. Last, Brad and Dave work to forage strong relationships with local farmers, suppliers, and chefs in the area.

Why We Partner With War Shore Oyster Company

What drew our team to work with War Shore are the parallels in our core values. For example, War Shore’s mission is to “source and distribute the most exceptional and freshest shellfish products in the industry…” Similarly, Ford’s Fish Shack strives to serve fresh-off-the-hook seafood at our restaurants.

In addition, both War Shore and Ford’s Fish Shack support the Oyster Recovery Partnership through its Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA). Oyster shell is the best material to use to rebuild reefs, but it is a limited resource. The SRA reclaims shell from restaurants and seafood businesses. Every half shell collected by the SRA creates a new home for approximately 10 baby oysters in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.